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as uncongenial to the Christian outlook. Regularities
in the universe were discovered very early, and even in
Old Testament times it would have been no marvel for
God to stop the sun if the normal motion of the sun
relative to the earth had not been an accepted idea. It
is possible that the belief in the existence of a coherent
world-system was encouraged by monotheism and that
the search for rationality in the universe was furthered
by the fact that men believed in an intelligent Creator.
Some seventeenth-century scientists seem to have felt
that Creation itself would be imperfect and the rationality
of God in doubt if the physical universe could not be
envisaged as 3 perfectly dovetailed system of laws.
Even in the Middle Ages men were aspiring to discover
the very kind of laws which Sir Isaac Newton ultimately
put forward for explaining the heavens and elucidating
the problem of motion. It almost appears that religious
minds could hanker after laws and rationality even before
the modern scientist had found a more adequate way
by which to discover the form of the laws themselves.

I do not quite know what this realm of law is, under
which we see the universe operating, or how far it
represents merely some kind of rapprochement between
our limited reasoning and an external world which we
only partly envisage at best. Sometimes I think it is
like the case of the man who wanted to cut up a piece
of soap for analysis, and, having used a square-shaped
potato-cutter for the purpose, ended by discovering that
squareness qr squarity or the capacity for being cut into
squares was the essential quality of soap. For those
who have forgotten the origin and the terms of the